Papua Police dispatches food aid to alleviate hunger crisis in Amuma District

Chief of the Papua Regional Police, Inspector General Mathius Fakhiri in Jayapura City, Thursday (19/10/2023).- Jubi/Alexander Loen.

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Polica has provided four tons of rice and instant noodles to the Amuma District community in Yahukimo Regency, Mountainous Papua Province. The residents of Amuma District are grappling with food shortages brought on by a prolonged drought and crop failures resulting from extreme weather conditions since August 2023.

In a WhatsApp message sent on Thursday (26/10/2023), Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri affirmed their commitment to address the issue. The aid distribution will be conducted under the supervision of the Yahukimo Police and with the assistance of the local government’s Emergency Response Team.

Fakhiri expressed the police’s readiness to fully support the local government in addressing the hunger problem in Papua and stressed the importance of preventing a recurrence of such a crisis in the future. He hopes that the food assistance for the Amuma community can be swiftly distributed.

Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ignatius Benny Ady Prabowo said the aid would be transported via helicopter due to the difficult terrain of Amuma District.

According to Benny, the Yahukimo Emergency Response Team reports 24 deaths in Amuma.

from August 2023 until today. These fatalities were spread across 13 villages in Amuma District and were attributed to various causes, including hunger, illness, and old age. (*)

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